A Letter from the District Attorney

Welcome to the 23rd Judicial District Attorney’s Office website

The 23rd JDA has the responsibility and authority to investigate and prosecute crimes in the parishes of Ascension, Assumption and St. James. In addition, your District Attorney’s office handles a wide variety of other matters within the district including child support enforcement, juvenile matters, and the civil representation of most of the public entities located in the 23rd Judicial District. Ricky Babin, who was elected twice by the residents of that tri-parish area, is the District Attorney. Joining District Attorney Babin is a team of Assistant District Attorneys, Researchers, Investigators and Administrative and Support staff, all focused on one common goal, – the full and effective prosecutions of criminals in order to keep our tri-parish area the safest it can be.

We invite you to take a look around, where you will find useful information on many services we offer, along with a personnel list so you can reach the right people at the right time.


Prairieville Woman Found Guilty of Theft of Assets of an Aged or Disabled Person

          On March 28, 2017, an Ascension Parish Jury found Melba Irvin of 15037 Beau Jon Ave. Prairieville, LA., age 54, guilty of Theft of Assets of an Aged or Disabled Person. Irvin was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Phil…READ MORE

Baton Rouge Man Sentenced to 10 years Following Ascension Parish Burglary

         On March 27, 2017, Gary Howes of 765 Sylvan Dr. Baton Rouge, LA., age 57, pled guilty to Simple Burglary. Howes was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Phil Maples, and presiding over this matter was the Honorable Judge Thomas Kliebert….READ MORE